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MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Wisconsin dog who went viral passes away

The Facebook logo is shown at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
The Facebook logo is shown at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

BAYFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A peaceful photo of a man and his dog in Lake Superior created an Internet sensation a year ago.

Now, thousands of people are expressing their condolences after the dog died this week.

John Unger of Bayfield often took his 20-year-old dog Schoep into the lake to ease the pain from the pet’s arthritis. Hannah Stonehouse Hudson captured one of their intimate bonding moments on film.

Once it went viral last summer, folks from Texas to Slovakia donated to help cover the dog’s laser treatments and vet bills. The 49-year-old Unger said it helped give Schoep another year of life – and he expressed his appreciation by placing photos and updates about him and his dog on Facebook.

By early Thursday night, over 27,000 people expressed their sympathies online.

One person from Las Vegas wrote, “Your daily posts have gotten me through my toughest days.” Another wrote, “You’d be hard pressed to find another dog in this world that is, and was loved more.” 

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